Celtic League - Blair to stay at Edinburgh

PA Sport - Wed, 03 Feb 16:36:00 2010

Edinburgh and Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair has ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year contract with his club.

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The scrum-half was recently linked with a 300,000-a-year move to Ulster, but said he is "excited" about the future with Edinburgh after captaining them to second place in the Magners League last season.

The 28-year-old, who has made 125 appearances for the club, said: "Edinburgh are an ambitious team capable of challenging for honours - both in the Magners League and in Europe. I'm excited about playing a part in the continuing progress and development of Edinburgh."

He added: "I was honoured to be asked to lead the side at the start of last season and now I want to help Edinburgh to challenge for a play-off spot.

"This is my eighth season at Edinburgh and I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

"I've lived in Edinburgh for my entire life and I love pulling on the jersey."

Head coach Rob Moffat was delighted to have secured Blair, who led Scotland to Calcutta Cup success last year.

Moffat said: "We're delighted - Mike is the captain of our club and a world-class player.

"Unfortunately Mike hasn't been available for us since November because of injury. But we are looking forward to seeing him back fit again to help Edinburgh enjoy a strong finish to the season."

Blair continues his recovery from ankle trouble with an appearance for Scotland A against Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday night in Belfast.

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